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The Henna Artist - by Alka Joshi

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"Escaping from an abusive marriage, seventeen-year-old Lakshmi makes her way alone to the vibrant 1950s pink city of Jaipur. There she becomes the most highly requested henna artist--and confidante--to the wealthy women of the upper class. But trusted with the secrets of the wealthy, she can never reveal her own. Known for her original designs and sage advice, Lakshmi must tread carefully to avoid the jealous gossips who could ruin her reputation and her livelihood. As she pursues her dream of an independent life, she is startled one day when she is confronted by her husband, who has tracked her down these many years later with a high-spirited young girl in tow--a sister Lakshmi never knew she had. Suddenly the caution that she has carefully cultivated as protection is threatened. Still she perseveres, applying her talents and lifting up those that surround her as she does"--



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A NEW YORK TIMES BEST SELLER

A REESE WITHERSPOON x HELLO SUNSHINE BOOK CLUB PICK

"Captivated me from the first chapter to the final page."--Reese Witherspoon


Vivid and compelling in its portrait of one woman's struggle for fulfillment in a society pivoting between the traditional and the modern, The Henna Artist opens a door into a world that is at once lush and fascinating, stark and cruel.

Escaping from an abusive marriage, seventeen-year-old Lakshmi makes her way alone to the vibrant 1950s pink city of Jaipur. There she becomes the most highly requested henna artist--and confidante--to the wealthy women of the upper class. But trusted with the secrets of the wealthy, she can never reveal her own...

Known for her original designs and sage advice, Lakshmi must tread carefully to avoid the jealous gossips who could ruin her reputation and her livelihood. As she pursues her dream of an independent life, she is startled one day when she is confronted by her husband, who has tracked her down these many years later with a high-spirited young girl in tow--a sister Lakshmi never knew she had. Suddenly the caution that she has carefully cultivated as protection is threatened. Still she perseveres, applying her talents and lifting up those that surround her as she does.

"Eloquent and moving...Joshi masterfully balances a yearning for self-discovery with the need for familial love."--Publishers Weekly

Look for The Secret Keeper of Jaipur from New York Times bestselling author Alka Joshi!



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"Romantic, old-time Rajasthan leaps to life in the skilled hands of Alka Joshi. The Henna Artist brims over with richly drawn customs, locations, and characters. I can hardly wait for Alka Joshi's next masterpiece."
--Sujata Massey, internationally bestselling author of The Satapur Moonstone and The Widows of Malabar Hill

"Rich in detail and bright with tastes and textures, The Henna Artist is a fabulous glimpse into Indian culture of the 1950s."--Bookpage, Starred Review

"Eloquent debut...moving... Joshi masterfully balances a yearning for self-discovery with the need for familial love." -Publishers Weekly

"Vibrant characters, evocative imagery, and sumptuous prose create an unforgetable tale."--Christian Science Monitor

"Joshi has constructed a bewitching glimpse into the past with a tough heroine well worth cheering on."--Booklist

"The Henna Artist is a bold, ambitious, beautifully written novel about India in the decade after independence, and about class, identity, love and deceit. The broad cast of characters will etchthemselves into your psyche." --Tom Barbash, author of Stay Up With Me

"Fantastic, so evocative and beautiful and full of life and light.... The Henna Artist is detailed and sumptuous, vivid in its characters and deeply satisfying in its storytelling."--Leah Franqui, author of America for Beginners

"Alka Joshi's superb first novel is unforgettable.... Read this book slowly and savor it: Every page is rich with intricate pleasures for both the mind and the heart."--Anita Amirrezvani, author of The Blood of Flowers

"Like a brilliant, magical kaleidoscope, bursting with color, The Henna Artist kept me riveted from start to finish."--Lauren Belfer, NYT bestselling author of After the Fire and City of Light

"Everything a great novel needs is here: The protagonist balancing impossible burdens with her bountiful talents; the many other characters, each so colorful and complex, each necessary to the intricate and delicate plot, Such a satisfying novel!"--Sandra Scofield, author of The Last Draft

"Alka Joshi's debut novel is a richly drawn design of love and the many hungers that drive human beings...a lush, gorgeous journey that any reader will be sorry to see end."--Erin McGraw, author of The Good Life and The Seamstress of Hollywood

"The Henna Artist is a delicious, old-fashioned tale about timeless heartaches. There's something elemental and mythic about Lakshmi and her knowledge of spices, roots, oils, and barks that drew me into the kind of world I gladly lived in when reading fairy tales as a child, a place inhabited by powerful queens, talking birds, magical drinks, orphans, sad princesses, clever servants, and dangerous poisons. I'm in awe of Joshi's storytelling and a little jealous of the character who winds up with the talking bird. "Namaste!" as he says. "Bonjour! Welcome!"---Laura McNeal, author of The Practice House

Dimensions (Overall): 9.1 Inches (H) x 6.3 Inch (W) x 1.3 Inch (D)
Weight: 1.05 Pounds
Suggested Age: 22 Years and Up
Number of Pages: 368
Genre: Fiction + Literature Genres
Sub-Genre: Women
Publisher: Mira Books
Format: Hardcover
Author: Alka Joshi
Language: English
Street Date: June 4, 2020
TCIN: 76539693
UPC: 9780778309451
Item Number (DPCI): 059-01-0731
Origin: Made in the USA
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5.0 out of 5 stars with 17 reviews
100% would recommend
9 recommendations

great read!

5 out of 5 stars
Thumbs up graphic, would recommend
4boys4 - 2 years ago, Verified purchaser
I borrowed the book and loved it so much I ordered it and the next in the trilogy
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Love this book!

5 out of 5 stars
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V - 3 years ago, Verified purchaser
The way the characters were written, it felt authentic
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A Beautiful Historical Fiction Novel

4 out of 5 stars
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Rhi - 3 years ago
This was a beautiful story that transports you Jaipur in the 1950s. I thought this was an interesting story with strong characters, though there were parts that were harder for me to think were believable. I was rooting for Lakshmi throughout the whole story but wish that we were given a bit more of an ending for her. One thing that I really appreciated about this book, was how blessed I am to be an American woman in 2021. Audiobook Thoughts: A loved listening to this on audiobook. The narrator’s accent really brought this story to life for me.
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Perfect Bookclub Choice! Rich in so many ways. Brought a sense of community at the right time.

5 out of 5 stars
- 4 years ago
Read The Henna Artist, it's one of the best books I've read in a long time. Those of us of a certain age in the U.S. remember getting the monthly Scholastic Book Order. I loved filling out the order form, convincing Mom to buy my selection of books, and then anticipating . . . awaiting their arrival. A blessing of COVID-19 is restarting a book club and picking this book to read. It was such a great way to connect to India, women, challenges, and overcoming obstacles. I loved all the references to food too. I am glad this book came at the right time. It's a must-read and a reminder to read a book and share your thoughts with a club friend or someone online. It's much better when you know you are going to share.
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Incredible Book! I took my heart!

5 out of 5 stars
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Lenira - 4 years ago
I've just finished this incredible book that took me to India in the most vivid way. All the details and the emotions that I was able to feel through the characters... It was an amazing reading from the beginning to end! (And I want more!) I highly recommend it! Congratulations @thealkajoshi and thank you for such a gift, great work! ❤️
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Loved

5 out of 5 stars
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Preeyaonpurpose - 4 years ago
Alka Joshi weaves an intricate and nuanced story about Lakshmi, a henna artist/healer in post-independence India. She easily navigates a character arc that allows the reader to grow and change with Lakshmi and to simultaneously see the good and bad in people. She brings you into the homes of the rich, the poor, the royals and the working class, with rich and delicious descriptions. The story has a distinct voice with surprises along the way. Loved it!
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Let this be your pick

5 out of 5 stars
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Mandy - 4 years ago
An absolutely beautiful story, written so beautifully, you feel the heartache, the agony, the joys ... everything these characters feel. If it’s between this book and another, choose this one.
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Brilliant!

5 out of 5 stars
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Rkc - 4 years ago
I started The Henna Artist last night and just finished it this morning. I was desperately trying to put it down so that it wouldn’t end, but I couldn’t tear myself away from it. It is amazing!!!! For the past day I was transported back to what Jaipur must have been like in the 1950’s. I feel as though I know Lakshmi and Radha soo well and felt all their pains, struggles, and joy. Thank you to Alka Joshi for writing such a wonderful book with such memorable characters! I am going to be a fan of hers forever and eagerly awaiting her next book!!
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Beautiful & captivating story

5 out of 5 stars
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Mari - 4 years ago, Verified purchaser
Let me start this off with WOW!! I loved reading this much more than I expected to. I just wanted to devour this all at once. This here is exactly why I love reading. The characters were compelling, the story was so well written and enthralling, every chapter was something new for me to learn. I feel like its been the best Reese's Book Club of 2020 so far.
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"The Henna Artist" an excellent first novel

5 out of 5 stars
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M - 5 years ago
Beautiful prose! Vivid imagery of India and its culture. Eagerly awaiting the next novel!
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